People Are Only Just Realising Why Postmen Write ‘P’ On The Front Of Letters


Have you ever wondered why they do it?

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Ah, the Royal Mail, a renowned institution in Britain. Since it was founded back in 1516, the RM has had contact with numerous generations.

Before choosing something more reliable like Hermes or DPD (just kidding), we converse with our postmen, lean on its bold red letterboxes, and think about using its services.

Despite our tight relationship with the corporation, the everyday onlooker frequently has no idea how it operates.

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According to The Star, a particular British group has expressed some very significant concerns regarding a particular code they have been finding on their letters.

The capital P. A large one. in all caps. scribbled with a pen.

Say it sounds suspicious. Indeed. Quite suspicious.

What would the man we love Alan Turing think of this, I wonder?

He is fortunate that a group of Reddit sleuths have visited the thread to look into the case of the huge P.

One of the first theories was that the letter “P” stood for a house with costly dogs, giving burglars (none specifically, but general thieves) a place to go snooping.

Another said: “Very subtle Wordle clue – takes 5 days then you just rearrange them. Never right.”

And I must say, I have never played Wordle and will never play, so that means nothing to me. Sue me.

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But every proposal made by outsiders to Royal Mail was completely off the mark.

No, the ‘P’ has nothing to do with quizzes in Wordle games or criminal codes.

The Reddit forum’s undercover postie could no longer take the guessing game and entered with the unexpected solution.

They said: “It’s the postie’s way of reminding themselves that when they come to post your letter there’s also a parcel for you.

“That’s so they don’t post your letter then find out halfway down the street they forgot to knock and give you your parcel.

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“Or sometimes they’ll write P10 or something on the previous letter – that lets them know they have a parcel for next door (number 10) but no letter.”